Wednesday 22 February 2017

Murray learning to handle Wimbledon heat

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Andy Murray returns against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin during their men's singles match at Wimbledon
Andy Murray returns against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin during their men's singles match at Wimbledon

It's not necessarily the heat, and it's not necessarily the humidity.

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When it comes to playing through high temperatures at Wimbledon, a tournament known more for its rain delays than its sunny disposition, it's about keeping the points short.

"Because the points are much quicker, you don't feel it as much," said Andy Murray, the 2013 Wimbledon champion. "But you play three or four long rallies in a row and you feel it more."

Murray played through it yesterday during his 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4 opening round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Centre Court. He said he was told the on-court temperature reached 41 degrees C (106 degrees F).

"It was definitely hot today," said Murray. "I mean, I haven't played loads of matches on that court when it has been as warm as that."

And while Murray managed to advance in straight sets despite the hot conditions, he did have a little blip midway through the match.

"I lost my serve a bit in the end of that second set. There was a period where I missed like 10 or 12 first serves in a row and let him back into it there," said Murray, who will now play either Holland's Robin Haase or Colombian Alejandro Falla in the second round.

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